Family multi activity holiday in Finland with Santa
Children from £1495 (4-11 yrs).
Description of Family multi activity holiday in Finland with Santa
December 2021 departure dates now available.
This family winter activity holiday in Finland, Finnish Lapland to be precise is full of magical moments, the meeting with Santa being the highlight of course. But as Santa doesn’t usually appear until day four of the holiday, we have plenty of time to make the most of the winter wilderness that lies in wait. Because this trip is as much about the magic of Lapland’s wilderness as it is about its protagonist, as we like to steer well away from the mass market Father Christmas experience. Instead, we like to steer sledges down snow blanketed fells, huskies through pristine white forests, and reindeer around a frozen lake or alongside a frozen river.
Just to give you a better picture, 90% of this region is forested, and the rest is well known for its superb snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Kuusamo is, therefore, a firm favourite with families who love the outdoors as much as the main man himself, and we have endeavoured to create an itinerary that brings a lot of smiles and laughter at this special time of year. Equally special is time spent at Santa’s home where you can take do some baking, storytelling, learn about local crafts and hang out with the elves.
Although we have plenty of outdoor activities planned, your accommodation is also a family favourite, Kuusamon Tropiikki Hotel which has a swimming pool with, very importantly, a 45m waterslide, a smaller pool for young children, a river and waterfall, hot tubs and a sauna. There is also a soft play area nearby. Breakfast and dinner are served at the hotel and usually consist of a buffet of international cuisine with some Finnish options for the more adventurous young travellers out there.
The price of this holiday includes: Return flights London to Kuusamo, via Helsinki (please discuss other routes with us), transfers, 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in a two-bedroom semi-detached cottage, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 evening meals, cold weather clothing, instructors and guides. As well as the following activities: Husky safari, meeting the reindeer, snowmobile-pulled sled ride, snow sculpting, feeding the winter animals with the elves, snowshoeing, kick sledding, Angry Birds Activity Park entrance for one day, snowshoe search for Santa, and the ‘big meeting’ too of course.
Photos: The Kern Family
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1 Reviews of Family multi activity holiday in Finland with Santa
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2019 by Paul Colling
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Everything was fabulous. The Husky sled, ice fishing in the wilderness, learning to cross-country ski. Just being outside in -27, watching the Aurora.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Prepared to be cold, but also there is no guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights. Most nights were cloudy.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
A number of local people were employed by the hotel, their knowledge of the area was great. They also used local Husky and reindeer farms, and a lady from
the Sami community came to give a talk about life in that part of the world.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Wonderful, we didn't want to leave. Everyone who worked there was wonderful and the food was delicious.
Planet and peopleThe common objective of North East Finland, including the Kuusamo and Ruka municipalities, is to develop from nationally well-known tourist resorts into an internationally attractive outdoor tourist region. Tourism is the most vital industry in the area and gives work to about 1000 people generating an annual total tourist income of over 104 million.
Tourism has a positive impact both socially and economically on people living in these remote areas. Local authorities, tourism organizations and tourism providers all work together in various fields, continuously developing programmes which will ensure that tourism in the region is managed sensibly and impacts positively on local communities and the environment.
The philosophy in the region is to ensure that tourism providers use, to the greatest extent possible, local providers, be it for hotels, activities or employment and visitors are positively encouraged to try the locally produced food and drink. Where activities such as snowmobiling may have a minor impact on the environment, such pastimes are carefully managed and are part of everyday life in these parts.
Trails are clearly defined and managed with tourists only allowed to drive snowmobiles under the close supervision of fully qualified instructors. We adopt the same philosophy in this region, using locally or Finnish owned hotels and activity partners based in Ruka or Kuusamo hence ensuring that the local community benefits.